Stijn Theodoor van Kessel (Sussex): Supply and Demand: Identifying Populist Parties in Europe and Explaining their Electoral Performance (Dissertation). From the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, a report on The New Radical Right: Violent and Non-Violent Movements in Europe. Martin Halla, Alexander Wagner, and Josef Zweimuller on immigration and voting for the extreme right. Elizabeth Pond on how Europe is taming its far Right. New essays by Richard Millet, which say Anders Behring Breivik's Norwegian massacre was the result of immigration and multiculturalism, have caused an uproar in France. Omar Djellil, the son of Algerian immigrants, has been a gang member, a soldier, a Jihadist and a Socialist, but now he is a hesitant backer of France's right-wing Front National party —- what drives a Muslim immigrant into the arms of Islamophobes? Dawn Foster on the rise and rise of Greece’s neo-Nazis. This machine helps fascists: A split on the Greek Left aids the nationalist Golden Dawn Party. Praise for Hitler: Secret files build case for banning Germany’s far-Right NDP. David Crossland on why Germany isn't rooting out its neo-Nazis. From Searchlight, does the far right have any class? Oliver Hotham on how fascists just need to get laid.
From Lapham’s Quarterly, a special issue on politics. Don't be so impatient: The current stalemate in Washington is, for the most part, the result of a divided electorate and that there is nothing that can or should be done about this aside from reforming the Senate filibuster. Who owns antiquity? Two U.S. museums wrestle with the provenance question. The ugly values of beautiful people: New Israeli research suggests attractive people are more likely to have conformist and self-centered values. Alex Tabarrok on patent policy on the back of a napkin. Starting this fall, NASA will begin flying Global Hawk UAVs over the tops of swirling hurricanes and on data-gathering missions to where these storms get their start. Slavery wasn't so bad, says a book published by an Oregon Republican running for Congress. Jeffrey Marlow on why exploration deserves a holiday. The wolf is waiting: Imperceptibly and without warning, your pulse accelerates, your mind races, and panic grips your body — for anxiety attack sufferers, every day is a case in survival. Does the sex debate exclude men? Sex is everywhere in modern society — but why are women doing all the talking about it, asks Sarah Dunant.
Alexander Tsesis (Loyola): Gender Discrimination and the Thirteenth Amendment. From Kellogg Insight, a special issue on gender and leadership. The mommy track: The real reason why more women don’t rise to the top of companies. A woman’s place is on the page: New research traces the dramatic rise in feminine pronouns in books over the past century. Diane Brandley reviews The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace by Lynn Povich (and more and more and more and more). The end of men may not happen in the near future, but at The Atlantic, at least, it looks as if women are finally welcome to express their opinions. Michelle Goldberg reviews The End Of Men: And The Rise of Women by Hanna Rosin (and more and more and more). The biggest achievement of Fifty Shades of Grey is turning a private topic into public conversation; women must not sacrifice their maturity to realize their fantasies. From The Scavenger, is it “unfeminist” to hate your body? Zoe Heller reviews Vagina: A New Biography by Naomi Wolf (and more and more and more and more). How could naming yourself a feminist be damaging to your brand?
Bryan Camp (Texas Tech): Jesus and the Anti-Injunction Act. From New Humanist, the medieval Devon town of Totnes is the capital city of pseudoscience, but local rationalists are mounting a fightback — James Gray goes through the wardrobe; and what lies behind the tenacious myth of the Pharaohs’ revenge? Roger Luckhurst lifts the lid. George Scialabba reviews The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt and Together: The Rituals, Pleasures, and Politics of Cooperation by Richard Sennett. Ted McCagg on what Americans depend on. Trying to see through: Sister Y on a unified theory of nerddom. Can Romney get a majority? Andrew Hacker reviews Trends in American Values: 1987–2012: Partisan Polarization Surges in Bush, Obama Years by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press and The Oxford Handbook of American Elections and Political Behavior. David Graham on why Romney's 47% gaffe might not matter in 1 chart. A rare look at why the government won't fight Wall Street: Matt Taibbi reviews The Payoff: Why Wall Street Always Wins by Jeff Connaughton. Does our knowledge have to be true?
From The Awl, is Brooklyn better? Matthew J.X. Malady revisits New York’s "I Hate Brooklyn" article seven years later. From the New York Times’ T Magazine, Zadie Smith on the House That Hova Built: Shawn Carter, the rapper known as Jay-Z, has a piece of the Nets, a glamorous wife and a baby girl who melts his heart — Brooklyn, meet your once and future king. From The Brooklyn Rail, I was a Brooklyn Townie: “I’m from Brooklyn. I mean, I’m really from Brooklyn. I was actually born here.” The lifecycle of a “cool” neighborhood: Brooklyn presents us with a tough story to square, old and new, perpetual change — but it is an important case study. SoHo is so last century: These days, all the cool kids are partying in Sheepshead Bay. Facebook leads to fall of two Brooklyn gangs; "Very Crispy Gangsters" are crispy no more. Brooklyn finds out a Walmart is not coming anytime soon. Our band could be your band: Justin Moyer on how the Brooklynization of culture killed regional music scenes. The Brooklyn Book Festival will take place September 23, 2012 at the Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza. Wanna schmooz with your fave writer in Brooklyn? There’s an app for that.